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  • Courtney's Revenge - Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.


    Courtney's Revenge - Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.

    Room, meet the rhinoplastied elephant in a tutu. To address the new Hole record, Nobody's Daughter, without considering Courtney Love's chaos-prone reputation -- the "Courtney Love Monster," as she recently described it on Twitter -- is to analyze th...

    by Camille Dodero on July 1, 2010
  • Psychedelic Furs


    Psychedelic Furs

    The Psychedelic Furs are a study in retroactive popularity. They toiled in the punk and new wave underground for years before finding success as the inspiration for a John Hughes movie in 1986. They re-recorded that song ("Pretty in Pink") for the so...

    by O'Brien, Pat on July 1, 2010
  • Return of the Boomba - Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.


    Return of the Boomba - Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.

    Dubstep is a club-friendly genre of music that popped up at the end of the '90s. Suraj Kurian, one of Houston's most prominent figures in the local dubstep scene, describes it as "what Justin Timberlake was doing with [producer] Timbaland, except the...

    by Shea Serrano on July 1, 2010
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    The Watermarks

    Already seen the Psychedelic Furs? Houston's Watermarks cultivate that same kind of sensual, sunglasses-after-dark modern-rock sound - albeit with synthesizers standing in for saxophones, and both live and electronic drums - and have been lauded by ...

    by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010
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    Vans Warped Tour

    Friday, this annual punk-rock summer caravan pulls into northwest Houston for its 15th stop in the Bayou City. You can always expect a sweltering and sweaty good time, as kids come every year to carouse, get heat exhaustion, drink sugary energy drink...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010
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    Over the last decade, no other band from the Screamo Class of 2001 has made as many strides sonically as Thrice. Although early labelmates Thursday carved out their own emotionally cathartic niche, Thrice constantly set the bar for themselves higher ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010
  • Kermit Ruffins


    Kermit Ruffins

    Kermit Ruffins may not be a household name to Houstonians, but he may be the most accomplished New Orleans jazz musician of his generation and he is definitely Crescent City to the core. (He's not a bad cook, either...he named his backing band the Ba...

    by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010
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    Little Joe Washington Moved To Private Room At Ben Taub

    ? Rocks Off just received this update on Little Joe Washington's condition from his friend (and ours) Reg Burns: Just left from seeing Joe. He was been moved out of SICU and is on the same floor, unit 4B, room 7, bed 3. He immediately recognized...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
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    Chamillionaire Addresses Foreclosure In Freestyle

    TMZ fails to catch Chamillionaire ridin' dirty. ? Chamillionaire has recently been getting a lot of media attention from the likes of TMZ and Perez Hilton for the Houston rapper's so-called "business decision" to let his Houston-area house go i...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    25 Weird And/Or Hilarious Soccer Chants

    ? Rocks Off spent June 2006 in Salamanca, Spain during the World Cup, and we can tell you it's difficult to exaggerate what an event this is to pretty much every country in the world but America. (Although the U.S. is reportedly gaining.) Wh...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Welcome To LALA's Late-Night World, Houston

    The beautiful Latina, born in Monterrey, Mex., and raised in H-Town, had a dream of having her own television show, so she went out and created a pilot for LALA's World, a once Internet-only program that gives viewers intimate and fun one-one-ones wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 9, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
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    Trent Reznor Back In (Free) Form On How To Destroy Angels

    ? Trent Reznor is one of those venerable goth elders that we are all so beholden to for years of stellar music that it's hard sometimes to criticize him without sounding ungrateful. And we are grateful. But it's clear that over the last seve...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 9, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    Golden Cities Hate All Over The Lion King

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 9, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
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    Nas & Damien Marley Keep It All In The Distant Family

    ? At 36, Nas has been one of hip-hop's most consistent record makers for the last decade. While his latest offering, Distant Relatives, isn't stone genius like, say 2001's Stillmatic, it's one of his best albums in years. Unfortunately for his pla...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on June 9, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Beaumont Weatherman Busts Rhyme; Ryan Seacrest Approves

    Somebody call Swishahouse. Rocks Off has spent a fair amount of time in the Golden Triangle over the years, and the live-music options in the greater Beaumont-Port Arthur area are usually somewhat limited. In the next couple of weeks, for example, if...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Glee: Long Day's "Journey" Into Night

    Where has the time gone? It seems like just last week that New Directions was contending with Sue Sylvester's evil schemes and singing Journey songs, and here in the season finale they're...doing that all over again. Give the show points for consiste...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on June 9, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    We Know It's 8 a.m. Get Some Sleep.

    The Houston Press keeps your humble reporter chained to his computer late at night in an attempt to glean from the Internet new and exciting music from the tube of you in order to add a little audiovisual happiness in your life each morning. [Ed. Not...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Musical Theology With John Coltrane, Robert Johnson

    ? Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie). Not a straight biographical doc ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 8, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Upcoming: Crystal Castles, The Happen-Ins, Jars Of Clay, Pixies, Etc.

    ? AC/Dshe, The Iron Maidens: Fri., Aug. 27. House of Blues. Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, Kittie, Stick To Your Guns, Impending Doom, Evergreen Terrace: Tue., Aug. 3. House of Blues. Baker Hotel: Sat., June 26. Last Concert Cafe. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 8, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    F**k You Very Much, Austin

    Read Rocks Off's review of the Houston stop, where no one got maced, right here. ? It's not exactly Houston-related, but it's too good not to share, and if you're still suffering from the post-Summerfest withdrawal blues, this just might make your ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 8, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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